Summit 3 Accelerating Action Report: Strengthening Public Health Law, Governance and Finance to Support a Modern System

The third in the CDC Foundation’s Lights, Camera, Action: The Future of Public Health series, this summit brought together nearly 1,500 participants that discussed how to use law, governance and finance to improve the provision of public health services for all Americans. This document frames the discussion as well as an initial list of actions suggested for a variety of sectors and stakeholders, including academia, federal agencies, business partners, and communities.

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Public Health Authority

The authority to act to protect and promote the public's health has emerged over the course of our Nation’s history, and has enabled many of modern public health’s greatest achievements. Today, public health agencies use their authority to promote health, prevent the spread of infectious disease, protect against environmental hazards, advance equity and assure local public health infrastructure and health services. During declared emergencies, state and federal authorities have broader powers to act to assist governments, suspend or modify legal requirements, pass and enforce law and expend funds for the health, safety and welfare of society. Recently, some states have moved to limit public health powers. Such efforts pose a mounting challenge for public health’s response to COVID-19 and future threats.

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